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Diversity and Inclusion

At the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we believe that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of institutional excellence that can accelerate our ability to innovate and solve complex problems. The department is committed to developing and implementing strategies to foster a culture of inclusion in which highly qualified students, faculty and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement.  

As a department in an academic medical center, it is our responsibility to train and mentor future clinicians and scientists who reflect, understand and appreciate diversity. We live in an increasingly diversifying nation where disparities can limit healthcare access and lead to disproportionately poor outcomes. Addressing health disparities, improving community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities are essential to the department's mission. At the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we continue to strive to attract, retain a diverse team of outstanding talent who positively impact how we teach, learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.

Our Mission

The Duke Department of Pediatrics is committed to achieving equity in health outcomes for all children through outstanding clinical care, advances in research, and excellence in education. We strive to maximize our collective intellectual capital and assure a sense of community for all by prioritizing the recruitment, retention and promotion of faculty, staff and trainees from underrepresented populations. We emphasize strategies that promote a culture of diversity and inclusion across multiple groups, including race/ethnicity, religion, ability, life experiences, sexual orientation, and gender.

Diversity Leadership Team


Deanna Adkins, MD

Katherine Bartlett, MD

Margarita Bidegain, MD 


Camille Grant

Joseph Jackson, MD




Kathleen McGann, MD

Victoria Parente, MD

Aekta Raja


Ann M. Reed, MD

Carol Stanley

Betty Staples, MD


Tobias Straube, MD

Delbert Wigfall, MD





  • Minority Recruitment & Retention Committee (MRRC): The MRRC provides career mentoring, leadership development, and social networking for minority faculty and trainees, and sponsors outstanding minority visiting faculty for the George Phillips, Jr., MD, and Martin Luther King, Jr. lectureships. The MRRC also includes a Latino initiative. MRRC leadership serve as faculty advisors to Duke’s chapters of the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association.

  • SoM Office of Diversity and Inclusion: This office, directed by the SoM Chief Diversity Officer, seeks “to help to foster a climate where all members of our faculty, students and staff experience a true sense of belonging and feel that they matter, can thrive and contribute their best work.” Among its committees and councils is the School of Medicine's Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Council, which "supports and advocates for an environment that is welcoming and affirming of LGBTQI faculty, staff, learners, allies, patients, families and friends."
  • Duke University's Diversity Toolkit, the university's one-stop resource for diversity education that provides dozens of resources to develop strategies and plans to improve inclusion and engagement on campus.
  • DukeMed Pride: DukeMed Pride is a student-led group consisting of LGBTQ and allied students within the Duke University School of Medicine. DukeMed Pride works to address the healthcare issues of sexual and gender diverse peoples with a cohesive and holistic approach. 
  • Center for Muslim Life:  Muslim Life at Duke is committed to enriching the lives of Muslim students and the whole campus through events and activities that cater to the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of Duke students.

  • Blue Devils United:  Blue Devils United is the student group for LGBTQ undergraduate students, allies, and friends. Blue Devils United seeks to provide social opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies, outreach to students at Duke and in the community, and to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals both at Duke and beyond.

  • Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity: This office “strives to achieve an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumni with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space.”


Related articles

  • Report of the Duke University Task Force on Bias and Hate Issues: In November 2015, Duke President Richard Brodhead announced the formation of a Task Force on Hate and Bias Issues comprised of faculty, undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, and staff from relevant administrative and student service offices. The President and Provost charged the Task Force to carry out “a broad review of Duke’s policies, practices, and culture as they pertain to bias and hate in the Duke student experience.” 
  • Statement from University Leaders Regarding HB2: A statement regarding HB2 was issued Monday, April 18, 2016 by Duke's president, provost and chancellor for health affairs.
  • Duke Policies Updated in Support of Diversity and Inclusion: On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Duke University adopted a new statement in support of diversity and inclusion and added “gender expression” to the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy.
  • To Diversify the Faculty, Start Here: Article from The Chronicle of Education about how Duke is changing a sink-or-swim culture to broaden the appeal of a PhD.

  • Message From the Chair Regarding New Immigration Policies: A statement regarding the new immigration policies was issued Monday, January 30, 2017 by Ann M. Reed, MD, William Cleland Professor of Pediatrics, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and physician-in-chief of Duke Children's.

  • Faces of Diversity at Duke: Article that takes a look at how staff and faculty move Duke’s commitment to inclusion forward, published on Duke Today, February 6, 2017.

  • Programs Combat Bias, Boost STEM Success for Targeted Students: Several research universities are leveraging targeted programs and data analysis to improve the representation and achievement levels of minority, low-income and first-generation college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to three researchers who presented results at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, published on February 22, 2017.

  • Duke Launches Center to Promote Health Equity, Reduce Racial and Ethic Disparities: Aiming to make the health care industry more equitable, Duke has launched the Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity, also known as REACH Equity. The center is funded by one of 12 grants awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities—a subunit of the National Institutes of Health. It will focus on multidisciplinary approaches to improve health care for members of minority groups and eliminate disparities in the delivery of care, published in The Duke Chronicle on November 5, 2017.

  • Student National Medical Association hosts 26th annual MLK Jr. Banquet: On January 19, 2019, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at Duke University School of Medicine held its 26th Annual MLK Jr. Banquet. More than 230 faculty members, staff, and students were present to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Brenda Armstrong and celebrate the great strides Duke has made towards reaching inclusivity.

Resources for junior faculty

Resources for fellows

Resources for housestaff and medical students

  • Diversity supplements: See above. Resident research projects can be supported by this mechanism.
  • CTSA-sponsored TL1: Program with two years of training and mentoring in translational research experience, with a particular focus on students from under-represented minority background. The Duke TL1 also includes a core curriculum on disparities research.
  • Multicultural Resource Center: Coordinates various programs to help medical students, housestaff, and faculty work and learn together more effectively in an increasingly diverse environment.
  • Visiting Clinical Scholars Program: Underrepresented students from other medical schools can come to Duke for an elective rotation. This experience gives students an opportunity to see first-hand if Duke is a good fit for their housestaff training.

Duke Physicians featured in "Black Men in White Coats" video series
The School of Medicine and DiverseMedicine Inc. have produced videos featuring two black physicians, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Kwadwo Adu Owusu-Akyaw, as part of a video series designed to inspire more underrepresented minority students to consider the field of medicine. 

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